Summary: A study of eternal destinations
Do All Faiths/Religions Lead to God
Luke 23: 32 - 42
32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” 38 And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
I want you to think of a hypothetical situation and how you would handle it. Suppose one day you can over to the church and I was the only Pastor on hand. I ask you to help me out by answering the phones since I have to speak with another person. As you reluctantly agreed the phone rings and the caller wants to ask a question. The person wants to know in their present form of religion which is not Christian will they still face God. In other words they want to know if all paths of Religions or Faiths lead to God. Now I am willing to take a guess that you might say to the person on the other line that you are just answering the phone and that you will take their phone number down and have a Pastor call them right back. However, the person on the other end does not want to wait so he asks you if you are a Christian? You tell him that you are. So, He says then that he wants to hear your opinion on his question. How would you respond? I will go over with you the answer shortly however let us prepare this answer through God’s Word.
32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.
It would seem that along with Jesus were being led in a similar way two criminals who were also due to die. Luke wants us all to identify ourselves with them.
33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
And finally they reached a place, aptly named ‘The Skull’ or ‘Golgotha’. Why was it called this name? Many people have taught that it was called this because the mount looked like a ‘skull’. Where does it say this? I have something else for you to consider. Let us turn way back to the book of 1 Samuel. Remember, when Daniel slew the giant Goliath? Look at this unique verse in chapter 17, “And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.”